5K in Every State: NC

bucket life list. We all have one, right? The list of things you want to do in your lifetime. Whether it’s a mental list or you’ve actually written it down, it’s there. I decided about a year ago to finally get mine on paper. Intangibles tend to weigh me down. Mental lists loom over me. If I write it down it’s real, has a place, I won’t forget it, and I know I’ll get to it. And so, my life list was born.

One of the things on my list is to run a 5K in every state. I’m sure 90% of them will be more run/walk than run, but that’s a minor detail. What’s important is that this little challenge, goal, ditty, will get me back to traveling—something I love but have fallen away from over the past several years. Of course it’ll help me stay healthy too if it keeps me running.

I ran my first 5K (actually ran all of it) in February 2014 right here in Raleigh NC. It was grueling because all of my training had been on flat ground and the Run for the Roses was about as hilly as could be. My friend, Kim, ran with me and coached me through the entire 3 miles by telling me how great I was doing (in true friend fashion she kept a straight face) and cheered me on to the finish line. My second 5K was not as glorious. I ran/walked the Esprit de She, but I finished, celebrated with good friends, and that was all I needed.

Post-race (Esprit de She) - banana and Prosecco are not a good pairing!
Post-race (Esprit de She) – banana and Prosecco are not a good pairing!

This weekend will be my first out-of-state 5K, my first trail run, and my first time running solo. I feel like I should enable the find my phone app so my family can locate me when the runners have all cleared the finish line and I’m still somewhere in the forest. You agree, I know.

Fall color in Wisconsin 1988. Hoping to see some of this on my run this weekend.
Fall color in Wisconsin 1988. Hoping to see some of this on my run this weekend.

I’m pretty excited though. I’ve been to over half of our 50 states, but now I’ll be going back to those and hitting the ones I’ve never seen. That’s some serious sky miles! There is no timetable, although I’d like to knock out at least two per year. We’ll see. I’ll take some pics along the way this weekend and let you know who finds me first: my nephew or search & rescue.

Cheers!
Kelly